Mitt Romney's Secret Video Prompts Twitter Outrage
UPDATED: Media pundits, comedians and TV writers are among those that have fired back after the GOP nominee’s controversial comments.
Mitt Romney found himself at the center of controversy on Monday, after Mother Jones published a series of secret videos depicting the Republican presidential candidate speaking candidly about a variety of hot button topics.
The videos were taken at an intimate fundraiser earlier this year, in which Romney was not aware he was being recorded, and spoke freely about his opinions. Among the sound bites drawing the most attention from voters: “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.”
Romney went on to say, “Frankly, I was born with a silver spoon, which is the greatest gift you can have: which is to get born in America,” and quip that had his father been born to Mexican parents, “I'd have a better shot of winning this.” Read the full commentary here.
It's also worth noting that Romney admits to turning down an offer to host Saturday Night Live, saying that it would have "the potential of looking slapstick and not presidential."
The comments sparked ire with many members of the Hollywood community, as well as President Obama himself. Below, find a sampling of Twitter reactions from those speaking out in response to the GOP nominee’s off-color comments.
Messina on Romney: "It’s hard to serve as president... when you’ve disdainfully written off half the nation.” OFA.BO/Qkjfn6— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 17, 2012
The real problem isn't that Mitt Romney was caught saying this; it's that he was caught thinking this. motherjones.com/politics/2012/…— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) September 17, 2012
Anyway, for those said Mitt Romney lost this election last week: the egg is on your faces. He lost today.— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) September 17, 2012
Romney does not want to represent ALL Americans just the rich ones. Check this out! Unbelievable!say.ly/Dnz4bXq— Eva Longoria (@EvaLongoria) September 18, 2012
To paraphrase Dorothy Parker, if you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at Mitt Romney.— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) September 17, 2012
In this EXCLUSIVE undercover video, Mitt Romney basically says in his Kanye West voice "I don't like poor people": huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/17/mit…— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) September 17, 2012
Mitt Romney says 47% of Americans are freeloaders. He's gonna win this thing on charm alone!— Chris Regan (@ChrisRRegan) September 17, 2012
BREAKING: In New Campaign Strategy, Romney to Have Mouth Wired Shut Until November— Andy Borowitz (@BorowitzReport) September 17, 2012
Romney's closed door remarks are sickening. He really thinks seniors on Medicare are just looking 4 handouts? Discussing tn on @granholmtwr— Jennifer Granholm (@JenGranholm) September 17, 2012
Mitt, you think people who are on unemployment b/c people like you shipped their jobs overseas just want handouts? Have you no compassion?— Jennifer Granholm (@JenGranholm) September 17, 2012
Didn't Mitt Romney watch "Tropic Thunder"? You're not supposed to go full retard!— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) September 17, 2012
Really, Romney? You believe that? & you said it out loud? Oh dear. You do, & you did. motherjones.com/politics/2012/…— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) September 17, 2012
OH WOW! Romney caught on hidden video saying he doesn't care about 47% of Americans... bit.ly/QV0JOB PLEASE RETWEET— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) September 18, 2012
A glimpse of the real Romney: cold, contemptuous of struggling Americans. Despicable & utterly unfit to be President. mobile.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2…— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) September 18, 2012